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vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
vs. PIT, Mon 7pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 1# 6-
Best Rank# 1# 2-
Worst Rank# 6# 28-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. LV vs. PIT-
Matchup RatingThis is a 0 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs LVThis is a 1 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs PIT-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush AttINF25.9
Rush YdsINF111.4
Rush TDINF0.8
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total73.39.4-
Avg Game24.44.7-
2019 Average24.44.7-
    
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09/13
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09/10
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09/10
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/10
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09/13
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09/08
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09/13
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09/09
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09/10
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The Undroppables
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09/13
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09/12
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09/10
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09/09
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09/10
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RotoViz
09/13
#1#6-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
09/13
#1#7-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
09/13
#1#5-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
09/10
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BallBlast
09/13
#1#5-
    
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09/13
#1#6-
    
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Expand The Boxscore
09/13
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09/08
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09/13
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09/13
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Fantasy Football Smackdown
09/13
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Fantasy Football Lord
09/13
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The Washington Post
09/13
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09/13
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Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
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Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
09/13
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Draft Buddy
09/12
#1#3-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#1#11-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#1#11-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
09/13
#1#5-
    
Jacob WayneJ. Wayne
Lineups
09/09
#1#10-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#1#6-
    
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Going For 2
09/07
#1#3-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
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Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
09/13
#1#6-
    
09/13
#1#5-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
09/13
#1#17-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
09/13
#1#5-
    
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FantasyPros
09/09
#1#3-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
09/13
#1#3-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
09/11
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Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
09/12
#4#11-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
09/13
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Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
09/12
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BallBlast
09/10
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Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
09/13
#1#2-
    
Kyle EnglishK. English
Reality Sports
09/10
#1#3-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
09/12
#1#3-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
09/12
#1#5-
    
DailyRotoD.
DailyRoto
09/13
#1#8-
    
Aaron LarsonA. Larson
FantasyPros
09/09
#1#2-
    
Jason SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
09/04
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numberFire
09/13
#1#4-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
09/13
#1#6-
    
Ellis JohnsonE. Johnson
True North Fantasy Football
09/13
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Fantasy Couch
09/13
#2#4-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
09/10
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FTN
09/09
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WalterFootball
09/01
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Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
09/09
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Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
09/10
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Going For 2
09/13
#1#5-
    
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Dynasty League Football
09/10
#1#8-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
09/08
#1#5-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/12
#1#6-
    
Benjamin KlotzB. Klotz
Touchdown Squad
09/12
#1#3-
    
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
09/11
#1#4-
    
Nicholas YouN. You
The Undroppables
09/11
#2#3-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
09/13
#1#13-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
09/10
#1#5-
    
Dariyan MayburyD. Maybury
Fantasy Football Advice
09/10
#1#5-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#1#5-
    
Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
09/10
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Kevin ScottK. Scott
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09/10
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09/10
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09/09
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09/08
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SmittyS.
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09/07
#1#5-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. LV vs. PIT
Week 2 at TB at CHI
Week 3 at LAC vs. SF
Week 4 vs. ARI at LAR
Week 5 at ATL at DAL
Week 6 vs. CHI vs. WAS
Week 7 at NO at PHI
Week 8 vs. ATL vs. TB
Week 9 at KC at WAS
Week 10 vs. TB vs. PHI
Week 11 vs. DETBYE WEEK
Week 12 at MIN at CIN
Week 13BYE WEEK at SEA
Week 14 vs. DEN vs. ARI
Week 15 at GB vs. CLE
Week 16 at WAS at BAL
Week 17 vs. NO vs. DAL
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
2020 Points 
Week 125.46.6
Week 220.82.8
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 927.1
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total73.39.4
Average24.44.7
Player Targets Comparison
 
2020 Targets 
Week 149
Week 250
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 910
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
 
vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
vs. PIT, Mon 7pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
The RB1 comes back to reclaim his throne atop the running back rankings. Did you know there was just two games all last year where he finished with fewer than 19.0 half-PPR points? Crazy, right? He'll start against the Raiders who allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per opportunity last year. They also allowed 205.7 PPR points through the air alone to running backs, which ranked as the fourth-most. There were just five teams in the NFL who allowed more fantasy points through the air to running backs than on the ground. The Raiders were one of them. This matchup appears tailormade for someone like McCaffrey, as most are expecting the Panthers to fall behind and throw the ball. The Raiders are also working with a brand-new group of linebackers, which could lead to some miscommunications. You don't need me to tell you to start McCaffrey as an RB1 every week. If you want to play him in DFS, go right ahead.It's not the start to the season that you'd hope for with Barkley, as the Steelers defense is about as good as it gets. Fun fact about them: Just one running back scored more than 14.2 PPR points against them last year. The only running back that did was Kareem Hunt, and he totaled 17.5 PPR points, and finished as the RB14. Seriously, that's the best performance the Steelers allowed last season, and that's despite 12 different running backs totaling at least 15 touches, including six running backs with 21 or more touches. Fortunately for Barkley, he's someone who has one-play upside. He didn't break many long runs last year, which may have had something to do with his ankle injury that he rushed back from. Fresh off the offseason, his chances of breaking one of those long plays goes up. You're starting Barkley every week, so this point is moot, but do yourself a favor and make him tournament-only in DFS.
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
What do you get when you pit the running back who ranked 2nd among all NFL players in receptions against a defense that was in the bottom ten of opposing running back receptions per game? Likely a pretty sizable fantasy explosion, especially as the Raiders allowed the sixth-most red zone fantasy points to RBs last year. Christian McCaffrey needs to be the #1 overall pick in every fantasy league and is obviously locked and loaded for your lineups for Week 1.I've been back and forth on my projection for Saquon Barkley this week more than any other player. Barkley is an obvious talent, perhaps the best at his position in the NFL, but the Steelers' defense is stout and talented at all three levels. Saquon is a reliable pass-catcher, though, and with Daniel Jones likely under pressure often in this game, he'll be looking to Saquon to bail him out.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
CMC should get right back to producing at a high level in week one against the Raiders. While this is a good defensive unit, it's not going to be enough to slow down McCaffrey. You spent the No. 1 overall pick to get him (most likely) and you're going to be pretty happy you did right away. 20+ touches this week would not shock me...We saw what Saquon can do for fantasy football again when he got his body right at the end of the year in 2019. While this Steelers defense is a stout unit, Barkley's simply too talented to not produce for fantasy football. He's going to have his guaranteed touches and Daniel Jones should be looking his way through the passing game with how much Jones will be under pressure. Barkley's a weekly must start. It doesn't matter what the matchup is.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Raiders were just 17th against fantasy running backs last year. Even with a new coaching staff, expect the Panthers to give McCaffrey the ball a ton in this game.It is hard for me not to rank Barkley as a RB1 in any matchup, he only needs a couple runs to have a RB1 day. I would probably avoid him in daily fantasy, the Steelers were 6th against fantasy running backs and their D is among the best in the league.